Saturday 7 December 2019
Walking Stars is a fun, non-competitive walking half marathon. The 21km journey starts after sundown and takes you on a magical starlit walk past some of Melbourne's finest landmarks to raise vital funds for Cancer Council Victoria.
Super early bird: $49 (limited availability)
Early bird: $59 (limited availability)
Regular entry: $79
Late entry: $99
Starting and finishing at Alexandra Gardens, the journey through Melbourne’s city will take you past some beautifully lit night-time attractions, gardens and rivers. The exact course will be confirmed closer to the event date due to the possibility of last-minute road works, and to ensure your safety, as this is our priority on the night.
Anyone can participate
Anyone can be a Walking Star! All you need is a pair of runners and a passion for a cancer free future. However, anyone under 18 years of age needs to be accompanied by a guardian.
Timings for the night
The walk begins at 8pm, with festivities kicking off at 6pm, including the best-dressed competition, a group warm-up exercise and speakers who want to thank you for the incredible impact you’re making on those touched by cancer!
The 21km course will take the average walker 4 to 5 hours to complete.
What to wear
We want our Walking Stars to shine as bright as the city Christmas lights! Don’t be afraid to wear flashing headbands, glow sticks or a bright, daffodil-coloured costume. By glowing and sparkling through our amazing CBD, you’ll spread hope for a cancer free future. Make sure you choose something comfortable to walk in, including worn-in training shoes.
Walking Stars 2019 t-shirts will be available for purchase soon through this website. We'll email all participants to let you know when they are ready.
What to bring
Your event pack containing:
- Walker bib number, with your emergency details filled in
- Dedication bib
Event packs will be posted to participants closer to event day.
Please also bring:
- Safety pins
- Walking Stars t-shirt (if purchased)
- Hydration pack or water bottle
- Band aids
- Mobile phone
- Torch or headlamp
People of most fitness levels will be able to complete the 21km walk. You don’t need to be an athlete, although the event is meant to be challenging. If you’re not sure this walk is right for you, seek the advice of your doctor.
We recommend for everyone to do some casual training leading up to the event. We’ll be in touch with our Walking Stars closer to the event with some tips.
Food and drink
There will be a delicious range of healthy food and drinks available to purchase at the start line to ensure you’re well fed and hydrated for your journey. Food vendors will be announced closer to the event, so stay tuned. We’re also setting up plenty of water stations along the course, so you stay hydrated as you walk beneath the stars.
We recommend you take public transport to the event, or alternatively arrange a taxi or friend to drop you off before and pick you up after the walk. The CBD location means there will be plenty of public transport options available, and PTV services will operate 24 hours over the weekend.
We suggest participants arrive early to secure a car spot, as options are likely to be very limited parking near the CBD location.
We’ll provide specific transport recommendations once our start/finish line is announced.
Jessica found hope in Walking Stars after her husband’s cancer diagnosis turned her life upside down. “It just sounded like a great idea – something that was fun and non-competitive, but something that was still going to be really challenging.”
Jessica’ husband Russ sadly passed away from brain cancer, so she walked in his honour. “I called one of my girlfriends who also lost her husband to cancer. She was always a great support to me, so I asked if she’d do it with me. She said yes!”
The mother of one has learned a few things through Walking Stars. “I think sharing my story was the most important thing for my fundraising. It was amazing how it spread through work colleagues and extended networks – that has been so surprising and wonderful,” shared Jessica.
Read more about Jessica's story.